Daryus scores for GB at Futsal world championships

November 26 2019
Daryus scores for GB at Futsal world championships

A YATE youngster has returned from the Futsal World Cup in Barcelona on a high having scored three goals.

Daryus Andrews, who goes to Yate Academy, and his Great Britain teammates won three matches out of five, losing only to the eventual winners and third-placed side.

GB came 9th overall in what was the team's first world championships.

Daryus, 12, old once played regular football for Frampton but abandoned it choosing Futsal instead.

Futsal is played indoors on a hard court, which is smaller than a football pitch. It has two teams of five players, one of whom is a goalkeeper.

At the World Cup Daryus scored two goals against France and one against Switzerland.

His team lost to Columbia and Paraguay and won against France and Switzerland, twice. Columbia came third in tournament and Paraguay took the trophy home.

Daryus’s dad Liam Andrews, who is the president of the British Futsal Association, said: “To be honest, because Paraguay were so good they didn’t mind as much – when you play someone as good as that, you have accept they are far better than you.”

Liam was impressed with the how the youngsters from the Great British team managed at their first global championship.

For some of them it was their first trip abroad.

He said: “The kids have learnt a lot and, to be honest, when we spoke to a lot of the boys and got feedback from them, they said their confidence has gone sky-high.

"They were a very close unit. I had the dad of one lad say to me that during their day off during the World Cup, his son didn’t want to stay with his family – he wanted to stay with his team.”

Liam believes that the team will now go from strength to strength. He now has a leading role helping talented players to get the best coaching, after being elected as the director of all the coaches in Europe.

He said: “I have to create a European coaching curriculum and that gets coached around the world, and I have to teach the coaches those courses, and it will be an international recognised qualification.”

Picture: Liam and Daryus Andrews at the futsal World Cup in Barcelona.